I’ve just published a new Middle East Eye article offering my take on her recent meltdown leading to the cancellation of her TV show. I hope you’ll both read it and promote it on social media.
Since I don’t have to repeat what I’ve already written here, I can bring up this strange new post by her from earlier today in which she correctly lays out the four criteria of true repentance (teshuvah) in Jewish tradition. The irony is that while she’s portrayed the stages correctly, she hasn’t satisfied any of them in the aftermath of her disgusting tweet about Valerie Jarrett.
First, repentance must be sincere and genuine. As I believe she is some form of sociopath, I don’t believe she has the capacity to understand what she did was wrong (like her biggest fan in the White House). Her tweets in defense of the original one attacking Jewett only confirm this: I was under the influence of Ambien; I didn’t know Jewett was Black, etc. So a sociopath doesn’t have the capability of truly repenting.
Second, Barr hasn’t offered any form of restitution to Jarrett or anyone smeared by her original tweet. She hasn’t apologized to African-Americans or Muslims, each of whom were implicated. Nor has she made any gesture that one could characterize as offering restitution or reparation to the victims for her dreadful behavior.
Third, though she issued a pro forma apology in the form of a tweet in which she addressed both Jarrett and “Americans,” she posted it before the decision to cancel her show was announced. In other words, the apology was a calculated attempt to mitigate her own self-destructive behavior. And it didn’t work. Jarrett never accepted the apology and the ABC executives who canned the show certainly didn’t believe it ameliorated anything.
As for “admitting she was wrong,” to do that she would have to transform her entire world-view and reject all of the hateful nostrums she’s been peddling for years. There’s absolutely no way she will or can do that.
This tweet once again shows how completely self-absorbed she is. The only hurt she’s feeling is the loss of her TV show and reputation. She has no recognition of the impact of her actions on others. No ability to engage with them genuinely.
This is more of the Roseanne Barr Show, a form of theatrics for the benefit of her admirers and supporters. What irks me is that she’s using Jewish tradition as a shield to protect her from the full impact of her wrong. She is not confronting her error. Instead, her version of Judaism is consoling her without challenging her to change her attitudes or behavior.